Monday, March 13, 2017

Daily Corrections Clips


CALIFORNIA INMATES

Ruben Harris, Tech Crunch

Prison spending is 5x more than higher education, and ~10 percent of the U.S. prison population is in California.

Part of the reason why people return to prison after they are released is because they have no access to education while they’re incarcerated.

On today’s Breaking Into Startups episode, we talk about an educational program that is paving the road to success, called The Last Mile.

One year after their release, more than 75 percent of California’s formerly incarcerated can’t find jobs. One former prisoner, Kenyatta Leal, was serving a life sentence in San Quentin prison and was determined to change that number.

Jess Sullivan, Daily Republic

FAIRFIELD — The Court of Appeal in San Francisco on Thursday overturned the convictions and 68-years-to-life prison sentence imposed in 2013 on a Vacaville teen who savagely attacked a 13-year-old girl and her 1-year-old baby brother.

Alexander Cervantes, now 20, was 14 years old when he broke into a Vacaville home in December 2010 and attacked the siblings, stabbing them both repeatedly and raping and sodomizing the girl before he passed out. The girl was stabbed 42 times. Her brother was stabbed 13 times. Police found him asleep on a blood-soaked bed after the girl managed to escape the home with her brother and called 911.

OPINION

Kevin De León, The San Diego Union Tribune

San Diegans shouldn’t be fooled.

Vilifying immigrants is an age-old political tactic championed by those who don’t have an economic agenda and are forced to rely on fear to get elected. Fortunately, facts don’t support fearmongering and eventually the voters see through the empty agenda.

Despite study after study concluding crime rates by immigrants is below that of native citizens, the Trump administration is building a mass deportation program that targets nearly 3 million undocumented immigrants here in California.

The linchpin to that federal deportation program is state and local law enforcement. Despite the fact that California pays more taxes to the federal government than any other state in the nation and gets less back for those tax dollars than virtually any other state, the Trump administration is proposing to tax us twice by diverting local law enforcement to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the round-up of immigrants across California.